Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act


Status: WIOA reauthorized the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 (WIA) and was passed by Congress and signed into law in 2014 to be authorized through 2019. In 2018, states are required to submit a second WIOA plan.

Purpose: WIOA supports workforce development activities and funds job training programs for displaced adult and youth workers. The legislation modernized the nation’s workforce development system and streamlined existing employment and workforce-related education and training systems via unified planning and delivery, common measurements for program performance, and more uniform data collection and usage among many other improvements to WIA.

Connection to Career Technical Education (CTE): WIOA emphasizes greater coordination between workforce development and CTE through aligned definitions, the requirement that postsecondary CTE be a local infrastructure partner, the option to do a combined state plan that meets the planning requirements for WIOA’s core programs and at least one other federal program, and other provisions.

Resources on Understanding WIOA

Resources on WIOA Implementation